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Administering upfront combination therapy consisting of an immune modulator and an antitumour necrosis factor appears to reduce the risk of treatment ineffectiveness in certain patients with Crohn’s disease but not ulcerative colitis when compared with monotherapy, a study has shown.
Yesterday
Besifovir dipivoxil maleate (BSV) for hepatitis B virus infection produces lasting effects and is as good as tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, according to the results of a phase III trial. However, BSV has a better safety profile with respect to bone and renal outcomes.
2 days ago
Supplementation with probiotics containing the combined LA-5, BB-12 and LC-01 strains does not effectively prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in hospitalized patients, a study has shown.
4 days ago
The combination of lidocaine and diclofenac is superior to lidocaine alone at reducing pain during benign anorectal surgery, a recent study has shown.
5 days ago
Tissue expression levels of several microRNAs (miRNA) are significantly associated with overall survival in patients with oesophageal carcinoma (EC), a recent meta-analysis has shown.
Pearl Toh, 04 Dec 2018
Administration of the RANKL* inhibitor denosumab prior to chemotherapy initiation may prevent secondary reduction in bone mineral density (BMD) induced by chemotherapy, according to the ESPRESSO-02 study presented at ESMO Asia 2018.
02 Dec 2018
Alcohol contributes largely to the development of acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF), whereas hepatitis E virus is the most common infectious cause of ACLF, suggesting a need for vaccination in such patients, a study has found.
Special Reports
19 Jun 2018
There is an increasing number of studies that shed light on the importance of our gut microbiota. Probiotics are live microorganisms that confer health benefits on the host when administered in adequate amounts. With new data emerging about their proposed benefits in maintaining intestinal health, probiotics continue to gain popularity amongst consumers.
Dr Joslyn Ngu, 04 Dec 2017

Advancements in genomics has paved the way for better classifications of colorectal cancers (CRC) and the use of precision therapy.

02 Oct 2017
Last August, the article 'Role of General Practitioners in Early Detection of Inflammatory Bowel Disease' highlighted proper screening and early specialist referral by the general practitioner (GP) as vital components in reducing the burden of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This year, the focus is on the role of GPs in co-managing a patient with IBD at the follow-up phase.
29 Sep 2017
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), including simple steatosis and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is widely considered as the liver manifestation of the metabolic syndrome. It is a major cause of liver disease worldwide and its prevalence is expected to rise in tandem with the rising prevalence of obesity and diabetes mellitus. Recently, MIMS Doctor spoke to Associate Professor Dr Wah Kheong Chan, a Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at the University of Malaya Medical Centre and University of Malaya Specialist Centre, to provide an update on NAFLD, with a particular emphasis on the use of silymarin for the treatment of NASH. Here are the highlights from the interview. 
29 Sep 2017
Constipation is a common disorder which adversely affects the wellbeing and quality of life of patients.1 Recently, MIMS Doctor spoke to Associate Prof Dr Raja Affendi Raja Ali on the landscape of constipation in Malaysia, emphasizing on effective and early management of the condition.
12 Jul 2017
DUKORAL – Inactivated Vibrio cholerae O1 serogroup & recombinant cholera toxin B subunit (WC/rCTB) vaccine (oral) – AJ Biologics
20 Mar 2017
At the recent Asian Pacific Digestive Week (APDW) 2016 held in Kobe, Japan, three prominent international experts shared their views on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and the challenges of its management.
Conference Reports
Pearl Toh, 23 Feb 2018
A weekly dose escalation of regorafenib was superior to starting with the standard dose of 160 mg/day for patients with refractory metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), according to the ReDOS* trial presented at the ASCO GI Cancers Symposium 2018.
Pearl Toh, 21 Feb 2018
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who had primary nonresponse ─ or inadequate response to the initial loading doses ─ to an anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) agent were less likely to respond to second-line biologics compared with those who had secondary loss of response (LOR) or intolerance to the primary therapy, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis presented at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC) 2018 held recently in Las Vegas, Nevada, US.
Audrey Abella, 20 Feb 2018
Obesity does not appear to have a significant influence on treatment response and clinical outcomes in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), according to two studies presented at the 2018 Crohn’s & Colitis Congress (CCC).

Audrey Abella, 20 Feb 2018
Use of the gut-selective anti-integrin monoclonal antibody vedolizumab was associated with favourable treatment outcomes in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, according to studies presented at the 2018 Crohn’s & Colitis Congress (CCC).
Roshini Claire Anthony, 19 Feb 2018

Pembrolizumab demonstrated promising results in several outcomes among patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) whose disease progressed on or who were unable to tolerate treatment with sorafenib, findings from the KEYNOTE-224* trial show.

Pearl Toh, 09 Feb 2018
Rifaximin, an antibiotic that has been approved for treating IBS-D*, may also benefit patients with Crohn's disease (CD), suggests a study presented at the Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC) 2018.
Pearl Toh, 08 Feb 2018
Using the JAK* inhibitor tofacitinib as induction therapy for Crohn’s disease (CD) can promote disease remission in certain patients selected based on baseline endoscopic evidence of inflammation, according to a post hoc analysis presented at the recent Crohn's & Colitis Congress (CCC) 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada, US.
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